The number of recorded coronavirus cases in the Washington region continued to spike Sunday, with Maryland and Virginia announcing the largest single-day increases, additional deaths reported and fresh warnings to stop mass gatherings, including visits to see the Tidal Basin’s cherry blossoms.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) emphasized the likely long duration of the pandemic and suggested schools may need to be closed for an extended period.“It is clear from talking daily to our public health officials that covid-19 is going to be with us for a long time — months, not weeks,” Northam said in a briefing.In the nation’s capital, D.C. officials announced further restrictions to limit public access to the Tidal Basin, including barring pedestrian and bicycle traffic near the basin and deploying police and D.C. National Guard to enforce a restricted access zone. Police had closed streets in the area as large crowds gathered to view the flowers in peak bloom.With its doors closed to the public, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception livestreams its noon mass on Sunday. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)“This virus is no joke,” D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said in a CNN appearance earlier Sunday. “Gathering in big crowds in


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